LOS ANGELES — A mas­sive teachers strike in Los Angeles, the na­tion’s second-largest school district, is all but in­ev­itable starting today after the two sides did not renew negotiations over the weekend.

Talks broke down Fri­day when the teachers’ union rejected as “woefully in­ad­equate” a new offer from the LA Unified School District.

With no new discussions sched­uled, pickets are likely to begin at 7 a.m. as teachers stand firm on stick­ing points including higher pay and smaller class sizes.

Schools will stay open if a walkout happens. The district, with 640,000 stu­dents, has hired hundreds of substitutes to replace teachers and others who leave for picket lines.

The union has said it was “irresponsible” to hire subs and called on parents to consider keeping stu­dents home or join march­ers if a strike goes forward.

The district’s latest offer included adding nearly 1,200 teachers, counselors, nurses and librarians to schools, reducing class sizes by two students, and cap­ping class sizes to be­tween 32 and 39 stu­dents, depending on age and cur­riculum.

The offer also included the district’s previously pro­posed 6% salary in­crease over the first two years of a three-year con­tract.

The union, United Teach­ers Los Angeles, wants a 6.5% hike that would take effect all at once and be retroactive to fis­cal 2017. Union officials said some of the district’s pro­po­sals would expire after a year, calling it dis­re­spectful.

“We are at an impasse,” union president Alex Caputo-Pearl said Friday.

District officials said it was imploring the union to reconsider, adding that it rejected the new offer without proposing a coun­ter­offer.

“A strike will harm the stu­dents, families and com­munities we serve, and we have a responsibility to resolve the situation with­out a strike,” the district tweeted.

A majority of UTLA’s 35,000 members are ex­pect­ed to join the stop­page.

Abram van der Fluit, a Los Angeles teacher op­posed to the strike, said in a statement Sunday that colleagues who agree with him are “fearful” of speak­ing out against the union. He’s a former UTLA mem­ber and currently part of the Cal­ifornia Teachers Em­pow­erment Network, which describes itself as a non­par­tisan information source for teachers and the public.

Much of the acrimony be­tween the district and the union centers around the new superintendent, Aus­tin Beutner. The in­vest­ment banker and for­mer Los Angeles dep­uty mayor took the job last year with­out any experience in education.

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